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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Wed, Mar-17-2010, 01:21:12 PM   #11
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At least with a dealer I know it will be done right.
Be careful with that assumption.
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Old Wed, Mar-17-2010, 02:29:24 PM   #12
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Why do you say I am not the DIY? I've changed a clutch on my Mustang before.

That's kind of why I was asking to see if it was worth doing myself. The only reason I prefer dealers (I know they are expensive for the most part) But I really don't know any decent shops around where I live that I could trust.
At least with a dealer I know it will be done right.

But first things first. I will double check tomorrow to see if it is really the clutch. Thanks for the good test idea.
What BMW CCA chapter are you in? See if there's a website for the chapter and post up an add. I"m sure someone can refer you to a good indy shop without having to go to the stealers.

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And yes..I would be careful taking the car to the stealers...not all have experienced techs..the good ones open up their own shops
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Thoughts:
1) I've received much lower quality of work from dealers (warranty forced me into it) than indies. As said above, good dealer techs start their own shops
2) The clutch engages at the same point regardless of wear. It engages very far up from new.
3) the "blinking triangle light" is DSC. It means your tires are losing traction, not that your clutch is slipping.

Honestly, I'd be hard pressed to believe your clutch is anywhere near dead at 60k.
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Also when I change from first to second at high RPMs I see the RPMs go up but the car does not accelerate. (I see the triangle signal flashing on the dashboard)

Sounds normal to me. You lose traction at high RPMs 1st and 2nd gear.
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Agreed. You've got a fast car now, traction is a new issue you will be battling.

I'd suggest checking your tires, not your clutch.
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Well I've done the hill test and I didn't feel the clutch slip.

As far as checking the tires.. I have new tires on the car although they are snow tires. I didn't hear/feel them losing trackion but again since they're snow tires they are quite soft and I am not sure I would hear anything if they are slightly losing traction. (Planning on changing my rims/tires to summer set next weekend)

I kind of read more about this CDV, and it sounds like that might be my problem. You guys think I would have issues with my extended warranty company if I were to remove the CDV?

It was funny cause, I was always annoyed with how the gears shifted on this car not realizing they had this CDV. Now that I read about it, makes more sense. (for a while I thought I lost my touch driving a manual
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BTW, I'm from the NW suburbs of Chicago. Looks like I wont need a clutch change but if anyone has a good shop to refer... never know for future needs.
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It's your snow tires. I'm running 225/45R-17 snows and they trip the DSC light if I get on it hard from a dead stop all the way through a good part of 3rd gear. If I turn off the DSC, the car will spin the tires all the way into third as well.

Moral of the story
225 snow tires on dry pavement = massive burnouts and crappy traction.

Three good shops in the Chicago area.

VS Motorsports in Schaumburg (moving to Buffalo Grove soon)
Rauch Performance in Lake Bluff
The Werks Shop in Lake Bluff

I work in Wheeling and live in McHenry. Yes, I have a 30 mile commute each way, that's why I own an M3.
What year and color M do you drive? I'll keep an eye out for you!
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Thanks for the shop info... I've got a 20 mile commute roughly.

Live in Schiller Park and drive to Hoffman Estates for work on 90.
2005 Silver M3

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I'm kinda in the same boat.

If I give 'er in third and shift into 4th, I can feel it slipping a bit. Not biting hard. It bites well in first and second tho.

If I'm rolling in 4th gear then put my foot to the floor and I stab the clutch(push and release quickly) the RPMs rise and stay up. Dunno if that's a proper test, but it certainly proves that my clutch is slipping. I'm at 73K miles, third owner. I wonder how long it will last.
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